David Harris

David Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been interested in film ever since my parents took me to see E.T. as a child. I began writing professional film criticism for Tiny Mix Tapes in 2007, where I was the film editor. I began Spectrum Culture, where I am Editor-in-Chief, 10 years ago and have been writing criticism there ever since. I also teach a film studies course at Northwest Academy, an independent school located in downtown Portland.
Publications: Spectrum Culture

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.75/5 92% Monos (2019) Monos is more a beautiful reflection of what could have been rather than a satisfying parable about a world gone wild. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 89% Aquarela (2019) Aquarela demonstrates how the many different forms of water dwarf any sort of human achievement. Wind and fire may help destroy us but, ultimately, it will be water that reclaims this world from the human race. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 89% Give Me Liberty (2019) Mikhanosvky turns his camera on communities that are frequently marginalized in both film and in American society. Immigrants and people with disabilities are often ignored, rarely protagonists in films unless portrayed by a famous actor. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% Desert Hearts (1986) Desert Hearts is an important, overlooked film in the struggle to get gay characters on the screen. T - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
100% Monterey Pop (1968) So why does Monterey Pop still resonate 50 years later, especially with music documentaries so common? Mainly, it captures a time and place where legends of rock signaled the possibility for change, for peace. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4.5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's good to have Spike Lee's voice back and strong, even if the situation that brought it out of hibernation is an ugly and terrible reality. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
1/5 32% Kin (2018) Kin is a movie that never should have been made. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) Go rent the one with Schwarzenegger instead. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
95% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) An Actor's Revenge is a reflective piece about fate and the many faces we wear to get what we truly want, even if it's something truly awful. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
71% Dead Man (1995) Dead Man is an elegiac poem of a film that examines our country's shameful history of viciousness and racism. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
91% Midnight Cowboy (1969) Midnight Cowboy features two of cinema's most indelible losers. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
88% Female Trouble (1974) In many ways, Female Trouble treads the same ground as Network. It is a prescient look at what it means to be famous and what happens when we finally cross the line. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Can something so violent have artistic merit? - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
100% El Sur (The South) (1988) With El Sur, Erice created a quiet, heartbreaking work of broken dreams and the empty spaces that punctuate a broken childhood. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
91% Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo) (1973) Memories of Underdevelopment is a film whose intent can only fully be understood by a Cuban audience in a time and a place that no longer exists. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
95% Andrei Rublev (1973) We are forced to wonder if this magnificent art must have been carried through trauma to reach the ultimate seat of grace. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
97% The Princess Bride (1987) The cult of The Princess Bride is still strong 32 years after its release. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
96% In the Heat of the Night (1967) In the Heat of the Night disrupts the Hollywood portrayal of African-American men and women as "bucks" and "mammies." - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4.75/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino is a magician and in the making of Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood he brings back to life a time, place and people that have long faded into the past. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) While it is exhilarating to watch its tightly choreographed scenes and cheer as Keanu Reeves puts a sword through an assailant, it is also good to pause and recognize that we are, in fact, cheering as human beings are killed. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.75/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is about busting taboos, showing us that a real person lurks behind the veneer of everyone you have ever judged. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
85% A Dry White Season (1989) A Dry White Season is a reminder that art should be used to expose the evils that exist in this world. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die won't scale the heights of Jarmusch favorites such as Down by Law, Dead Man or Paterson, but it's a fun way to watch some of your favorite character actors get devoured by the undead. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019